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February is Black History Month, and there is no better place to celebrate than at your local library. From the newest novels and memoirs, DVDs and magazines, to free access to Ancestry.com, the library has much to offer.
In order to get you and your family in the mood to celebrate, here are a couple of my favorite books by and about jazz music. All three books are available through the Terrebonne Parish Library System, and you can reserve a copy today at www.mytpl.org.
Charlie Parker Played Be Bop
Written and Illustrated by Christopher Raschka
Charlie Parker was a great musician that knew his way around a saxophone and bebop. You may not know what bebop is yet, but by the end of this book, it will be coursing through your veins and have you tapping your foot to the rhythm. From the fisk fisk to the boomba boomba, you and your littles will love be bopping along with Charlie.
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone
Written by Katheryn Russel-Brown
Illustrated by Frank Morrison
Melba Doretta Liston was in love with music since she could remember. At seven she finally got her chance to get her own instrument to play and she picked up the trombone–an instrument that was taller than her. But this didn’t stop her from playing. From day one she was in love, and she continued to practice and teach herself how to play. All this hard work paid off and she got to travel the world as a musician and spend her day doing the thing she loved with some of the best musicians around.
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph
Written by Roxanne Orgill
Illustrated by Francis Vallejo
In 1958, Esquire magazine came to Harlem to do a story on jazz music. When Art Kane came up with the idea of gathering as many musicians together as he could to photograph them, the musicians jumped at the idea, and 57 of them showed up for the shot. This book chronicles the eventful day through a series of poetry and illustrations. It even includes biographies of many of the musicians and a copy of the photograph at the back of the book. •